This build has been an ongoing project. It started almost 2 years ago with an i5 and 750ti. As time went on and I become obsessed with upgrading my machine with an emphasis on both price to performance and aesthetics. First I upgraded the case, next the GPU, then switched to the X99 platform, and most recently I made upgrades to cooling and switched GPUs again. I very happy with how far this build has come. I mainly use this system for gaming although I have recently started getting into some audio and video editing. So far I haven't had a single problem with any of the components and I am very impressed with the performance I am getting. I do plan to upgrade my RAM to either 16 or 32gb whenever I can find a good deal. I'd like to thank both Microcenter and Newegg for having such great deals that allowed me to get the CPU, Motherboard and GPUs for such low prices. Aside from some custom sleeved cables whenever I get around to learning how to do that, I think I will keep this machine in its current configuration for a while. Let me know what you all think of this build and if anyone has suggestions on what I could do next!
Excellent processor considering the price I got it for. Gotta love Microcenter's motherboard CPU bundles. Overclocked to 4GHz no problem.
Great CPU cooler. Keeps my 5820k running nice and cool. Only complaint is the crazy loud fans that come with it. Replaced those for some nf-f12s and now it's dead silent.
Really the only reason I got this board was for the insane deal I got on it. $70 for X99? Count me in. I havent had an problems with it although the lighting is a bit more yellow than the rest of the gold accents which makes it kind of ugly. I just shut that off in the BIOS tho so I'm not complaining considering the price.
RAM is RAM. It does its job.
Was the best SATA SSD back when I bought it. Makes booting into my OS quick as could be.
Quick and reliable mass storage. I have 2 running in RAID 1 for some pescar of mind as all of my school and work documents are saved on this machine.
Probably the best deal I got in this machine. I paid $259 for each of these monsters with a $20 rebate. For $500 I got more performance than I could with a single 1080 for over $100 less. Plus having two GPUs and HBM is pretty awesome too. I pulled a graphics score of 30,555 on 3DMark Firestrike running at stock frequencies.
Big. A**. Cube. This is a massive case. Plenty of room to work in and cable management is a breeze. If you've got the space for it I highly recommend it.
Clean, reliable power at a good price. The all black cables are and added bonus for keeping things looking good without having to shell out the extra money for custom sleeved cables.
Windows is a no brainer for any custom PC build. Sure you can try to get a Hackintosh working but in my experience it's never worth the trouble. Make sure you make your own bootable USB and get a cheap activation key online. No need to pay $100 for your OS.
Gold standard for silent and effective case fans. Once you get past the ugly colors you will fall in love with these fans. I got them to replace the stock fans on my H100i, but will probably get a few more to replace all of my case fans.
I got these purely for aesthetic purposes as they matched the 2 140mm led fans that came with my Air 540. They are a little too loud for my tastes, but after ramping down their speed in the BIOS I can live with them for now.